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Ayú Prado accused of trying to legalize gov't surveillance

He allegedly worked with former Tourism Minister Salomón Shamah.

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Supreme Court Chief Justice José Ayú Prado faces a new complaint in the National Assembly in which he is accused, along with former Minister of Tourism Salomón Shamah, of devising a formula to prevent the prosecution related to the illegal surveillance carried out during the government of Ricardo Martinelli (2009-2014).

According to the complaint, Ayú Prado suggested manipulating the requests made by the drug and organized crime prosecutor to include phone numbers of people that the president wanted monitored, thus camouflaging the illegal activity.

The complaint, filed by lawyer Rolando Sánchez Núñez, is based on the testimony given on Sept. 16 by former Martinelli lawyer Rosendo Rivera.

Rivera said that Shamah revealed the plan to him. He said that he does not recall if Ayú Prado was a justice at that time or the attorney general, the job he held before Martinelli appointed him to the court.

Sánchez Núñez argued that Ayú Prado, in his role as a former attorney general, violated the requirements of his position and international provisions endorsed by Panama that protects the right to privacy of individuals.

Also yesterday, the Credentials Committee decided not to investigate statements made by Justice Harry Díaz about the possible interference in the court by Martinelli when he was president.

According to Committee Chairman Jorge Iván Arrocha, the request for an investigation submitted by Ayú Prado could not be considered an official complaint.

Ayú Prado had asked that Díaz be summoned to present proof of his allegations.

Díaz has expressed his willingness to appear before the committee.

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